• 28 January
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Chelsea – Newcastle (FA Cup)

Chelsea and Newcastle are up against each other on Sunday at Stamford Bridge, in a match for the FA Cup round of 32. Chelsea were eliminated from the EFL Cup semi-finals by Arsenal, on Wednesday, and will now try to turn their attentions for the FA Cup, hopping to avoid being knocked out from this competition. Newcastle are going through a positive moment, they have only lost one of their last five matches in all competitions and had eight days to prepare for this trip to London.

Chelsea reached this FA Cup stage after beating Norwich City in the previous round, although with some difficulty since it was necessary to decide the tie through a penalty shootout. This is a competition that the Blues have already won 7 times in their history, with the last one in 2011/12, and since then they reached the semi-finals in 2012/13, and a final in 2016/17, where they were eliminated by Manchester City and Arsenal, respectively.

Antonio Conte’s men are a very strong team when they play at Stamford Bridge, they have won 9 of their last 12 matches played here, in national competitions, but have tied the last 3 consecutive matches. The Blues seems to be losing their offensive form, they remain a very well organized at the back but are showing difficulties in finishing their scoring chances. The Blues were unable to get on the scoresheet in 3 of their last 6 matches.

In their last 5 official matches, Chelsea has a record of 1 victory, 3 draws and 1 defeat. This sequence of results started with a 0-0 draw at home against Arsenal, for the EFL Cup. This result was followed by a 0-0 draw at home against Leicester City, a 1-1 draw at home against Norwich City, for the FA Cup, a 0-4 win over Brighton, and in their last match, a 2-1 defeat against Arsenal, for the EFL Cup. Willian is out due to injury. Cesc Fàbregas, Alvaro Morata and Thibaut Courtois are also doubts and may not be risked by Antonio Conte.

Probable Lineup: Caballero – Ampadu, Luiz and Cahill – Bakayoko, Drinkwater, Zappacosta and Alonso – Barkley, Batshuayi and Pedro.

facupNewcastle, on their turn, reached this FA Cup stage after beating Luton Town in the previous round. The team won the FA Cup 6 times in their history, with the last one being in 1954/55, and since the beginning of the millennium the team has been close to repeating it only once, reaching the semi-finals in 2014 /05. After four consecutive games without a taste of defeat, in all competitions, Newcastle lost again on their last match, against Manchester City at the Etihad by 3-1, and begins to see things getting more complicated in the Premier League, with the team sitting only 1 point above the relegation zone.

The Magpies have more difficulties in getting positive results when they play away from home, although they have managed to win 2 of their last 3 matches as visitors. In their 5 trips since the begging of December, the team won 2 matches and lost the other 3, scoring 6 goals and conceding 9. The Newcastle manager has faced Chelsea more times than any other team in his career, but has only finished on the winning side seven times from 27 attempts.

In their last 5 official matches, Newcastle has a record of 2 victories, 2 draws and 1 defeat. This sequence of results started with a 0-0 draw at home against Brighton. This result was followed by a 0-1 victory over Stoke City, a 3-1 victory over Luton Town, for the FA Cup, a 1-1 draw at home against Swansea City, and in their last match, a 3-1 defeat against Manchester City. Mitrovic, Lejeune and Gámez are out due to injury.

Probable Lineup: Woodman – Manquillo, Lascelles, Clark and Dummett – Merino, Shelvey, Murphy and Ritchie – Pérez – Gayle.

Chelsea won 4 of their last 8 direct confrontations, tying 1 and losing the 3 remaining.

Chelsea 3-1 Newcastle
Premier League 2017/18
Chelsea 5-1 Newcastle
Premier League 2015/16
Newcastle 2-2 Chelsea
Premier League 2015/16
Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle
Premier League 2014/15
Newcastle 2-1 Chelsea
Premier League 2014/15
Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle
Premier League 2013/14
Newcastle 2-0 Chelsea
Premier League 2013/14
Newcastle 3-2 Chelsea
Premier League 2012/13

Chelsea are favorites despite their questionable form, but they have only scored more than once in one of their last six matches, so expect a close match.

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Under 3 Goals 1.69 Bet365
  • Country: England
  • Stadium: Stamford Bridge
  • City: Londres
  • Establishment: 1905

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  • Country: England
  • Stadium: St. James' Park
  • City: Newcastle
  • Establishment: 1892

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